A former Planned Parenthood executive from Chicago has been arrested for looting $100k from the liberal group.
Andrea Peoples was making around $125,000 a year in her role with the nonprofit in a job that would even make Hunter Biden blush.
But that was not enough for her so she started stealing according to the cops who arrested her.
“The conduct as alleged in the criminal complaint violates the mission and values of Planned Parenthood of Illinois,” the group said via a statement.
“We take our responsibility to the communities we serve very seriously and are committed to upholding the public’s trust.”
A former executive at Planned Parenthood of Illinois has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the nonprofit group between July 2015 and April 2017, according to court records obtained by WBEZ.
Andrea Peoples, 41, was arrested three weeks ago at a home in Burr Ridge after an investigation by the Chicago Police Department, and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office indicted her for felony theft on Tuesday.
In a statement this week, Planned Parenthood said a routine audit nearly three years ago found that Peoples “embezzled money from the organization’s general operating funds.” She had worked as the director of financial initiatives for the nonprofit, which takes in revenue of more than $40 million a year.
And now leaders of another nonprofit group that hired Peoples after she had left Planned Parenthood say they fired her because they recently found she stole from them, too.
In 2018 Peoples became the chief financial officer of Chicago House and Social Service Agency, an organization that provides housing and other services to families affected by HIV and AIDS.
In a letter on Jan. 15 to Chicago House board members and donors, the group’s leaders said they launched an internal investigation after learning that Peoples had been arrested on Jan. 6. They quickly determined that “we were victimized by a complex financial fraud scheme led by Ms. Peoples.”
Chicago House Board Chairman Ryan Garrison said two other “senior level” employees also were involved in the fraud scheme there and were fired, though he declined to name them.
“It’s a suspected six-figure theft, and it is relatively devastating to our organization,” Garrison told WBEZ this week.
Garrison suggested his group might have averted being victimized if it had known sooner about Peoples’ problems at Planned Parenthood.
“From my understanding, Andrea was first reported to the police in April 2017,” Garrison said. “She could not have begun embezzling from Chicago House until August of 2018, which was when she was hired.”